Child Friendly Leeds awards
Children and young people from across Leeds will be put in charge next year as the Child Friendly Leeds Awards arrives in the city.
In build up to the ceremony, on the 4th January, Leeds’ young people will decide what people, places and organisations to celebrate for making Leeds a child friendly city.
Leeds City Council handed over the reins to a group of young people aged between 10 and 19 earlier this week as they are tasked with organising and running the prestigious awards.
Eighteen months after HRH Queen Elizabeth II helped launched the city’s Child Friendly Leeds ambitions at Leeds City Varieties, the venue will now host the first child friendly Leeds celebratory awards, on Thursday 30 January.
Ten young people have volunteered, through the council’s ‘young advisors’ programme to organise and run the event, and young people will also form part of the judging panel.
People across the city are now being asked to nominate the place in Leeds they think is particularly child friendly. They can also make nominations for people and organisations who make a big difference to children’s lives in Leeds.
Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“We have spent the past 18 months spreading the message about our ambitions to be a child friendly city so now it is time to celebrate those people and organisations who are helping us achieve that.
“Becoming a child friendly city is not something, we, as a council can do alone. There are so many people across the city who have really taken on board what we are trying to achieve and these awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate their great work and achievements.”
The awards are being organised by Leeds City Council with support from Leeds City Varieties and British Gas.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills added:
“As Chair of the City Varieties Music Hall Board I am delighted that the theatre is playing such a vital role in the Child Friendly Leeds Awards.
“With its extensive Learning Programme for young people and a very successful youth theatre it is a perfect venue for such an event.”